Photo Robert Benson
Zuccotti Park
New York, New York
Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Zuccotti Park is a 33,000-square-foot urban open space across from the World Trade Center site. Cooper, Robertson & Partners reinterpreted the thin, rectangular plaza by breaking from the surrounding orthogonal grid and setting the park on a diagonal axis, emphasizing it as a link between the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan's Financial District. Twenty-four granite benches and 53 honey locust trees create diagonal paths across the park, anchored at opposite corners by a large London plane tree and a bright red, 70-foot steel sculpture by Mark di Suvero. To mediate an 11-foot grade change, curved granite steps taper and disappear into the sidewalk, rising up to Broadway at the northeast corner, and falling down to Trinity Place at the southwest.

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